When I read of the collapse of God’s people in the last days of Israel before the Assyrian invasion, I am amazed that godliness could be wiped out in such a short time. Then I look at what has happened in the UK. Thirty years ago even an agnostic would know the basics of Christianity better than many Christians today. Many hide their faith in order to have freedom to ‘enjoy themselves’ without being troubled by conscience.
At times I have seen a Christian chose a path that pushes out God and the Lord has made that path the trial that brings them back to Himself. This process is seen in Isaiah 8:5-8 (Msg) “Because this people has turned its back on the gently flowing stream of Shiloah.” (the location of the Tabernacle). ‘And gotten all excited about Resin … I’m stepping in and facing them with the wild floodwaters of the Euphrates, the king of Assyria … sweeping everything before it, water up to your necks.’
The problem with such floodwaters is that they are indiscriminate, so the Lord is hesitant to send them. Yet Jesus says, ‘I will show you what he is like who hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When the flood came the torrent struck that house but could not shake it because it was well built.’ (Luke 6) So, if it comes, who will stand?